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Effective Practices for CCRPI Middle School Indicator 9

Percent of students missing fewer than 6 days of school

DALTON MIDDLE SCHOOL (DALTON CITY SCHOOLS)*
Brian Suits, Principal
brian.suits@dalton.k12.ga.us
Missie McKinney, Assistant Principal
John Allen, Social Worker
706-278-3903

Effective practices at Dalton Middle School are:

1. developing a school culture that affirms and values each student;
2. implementing intervention tiers based on the number of absences;
3. creating a school-based Attendance Review Team and a community-based Educational Improvement Team that address attendance issues;
4. completing referrals to juvenile court as a last resort.

DUBLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL (DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS)*
Mr. Mike Mallette, Principal
mike.mallette@dublincityschools.us
478-272-8122

Effective practices at Dublin Middle School are:

1. monitoring absences, tardies, and early dismissals;
2. identifying patterns of chronic absences;
3. implementing attendance protocol: three absences-written communication and phone conference with parents; five absences-written communication and conference with support staff, parents, student; seven-ten absences- parents/students meet with juvenile court judge and principal; ten or more absences-mandatory court appearance.

GLADDEN MIDDLE SCHOOL (MURRAY COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Ardith Bates, Principal
ardith.bates@murray.k12.ga.us
708-695-7448

Effective practices at Gladden Middle School are:

1. maintaining a positive school climate for all students;
2. monitoring and analyzing attendance data;
3. notifying parents/guardians about attendance;
4. meeting with parents/student after 5 unexcused absences;
5. addressing issues related to attendance;
6. creating an attendance committee
7. completing appropriate referrals to social workers;
8. providing incentives for regular attendance.

References:

www.schoolengagement.org
www.attendanceworks.org

LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL (WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Karen Hughes, Principal

karenhughes@walkerschools.org
Bobby Matheny, Assistant Principal
bobbymatheny@walkerschools.org
706-638-6440

Effective practices at LaFayette Middle School are:

1. developing a culture that values attendance;
2. reporting absences daily;
3. communicating with parents after 5 absences and in-house truancy after 6 absences;
4. completing home visits;
5. recommending student/parent to County Truancy Treatment Team;
6. rewarding regular attendance through Renaissance Reward Program;
7. creating weekly Rambler Pride Recognition Day.

WEST CHATHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL (SAVANNAH-CHATHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Troy Brown, Principal
Troy.Brown@sccpss.com
Dr. Amy Loskoski, Assistant Principal
Amy.Loskoski@sccpss.com
Ms. Lesley Jordan, Assistant Principal
Lesley.Jordan@sccpss.com
912-395-3650

Effective practices at West Chatham Middle School are:

1. implementing personalized strategies for transitioning students;
2. utilizing intervention strategies that re-engage students;
3. developing relationships with students who lack interest in school or who are not engaged;
4. reframing students' perceptions of their involvement in the learning process;
5. utilizing the expertise of a school-wide attendance committee.

Reference: Adelman, H. & Taylor, L. Transitions: Turning Risks into Opportunities for Student Support. Retrieved from: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/transitions/transitions.pdf

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DEAN RUSK MIDDLE SCHOOL (CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Cindy Cooper, Principal

Cindy.cooper@cherokee.k12.ga.us
Heather Phillips, Department Chairperson 
heather.phillips@cherokee.k12.ga.us
770-345-2832

Effective practices at Dean Rusk Middle School are:

1. creating professional learning communities;
2. aligning instruction with Georgia Standards of Excellence (GES) frameworks;
3. planning collaboratively among teachers of reading and ELA;
4. implementing literacy strategies in content courses;
5. identifying each student's performance level, academic goals and completion procedures;
6. monitoring students’ progress and completing quarterly conferences;
7. recognizing students who achieve quarterly goals;
8. developing a culture of high expectations.

ECHOLS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (ECHOLS COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Dr. Wade Beale, Principal

wade.beale@echols.k12.ga.us
229-559-5413

Effective practices at Echols County Middle School are:

1. monitoring academic progress using STAR Lexile testing;
2. determining individual reading goals;
3. using small groups to differentiate instruction/readings; 
4. using context clues and comprehension skills as strategies;
5. implementing reading techniques/strategies such as summarizing, close readings, annotating texts for meaning, theme, ideas, connections, etc. in conjunction  with Thinking Maps, graphic organizers;
6. providing challenging texts for all students.

HIGHTOWER TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL (COBB COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Laura Montgomery, Principal

laura.montgomery@cobbk12.org
770-578-7225

Effective practices at Hightower Trail Middle School are:

1. scheduling reading as a separate course for sixth and seventh graders;
2. providing optional course in reading or world language for eighth graders;
3. planning cross-curricular instructional activities ;
4. completing rigorous and relevant reading assignments;
5. emphasizing vocabulary development in all subjects.

References

1. Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary resources

PICKENS MIDDLE SCHOOL (PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Anita Walker, Academic Coach

anitawalker@pickenscountyschools.org
Pennie Fowler, Principal 
penniefowler@pickenscountyschools.org
706-253-1830

Effective practices at Pickens County Middle School are:

1. selecting ELA reading materials based on each student’s  Lexile score;
2. supplementing content readings with related articles in science, social studies and language arts.

References

1. NewsELA retrieved at https://newsela.com/
2
. ReadWorks
3. GALILEO retrieved at http://www.galileo.usg.edu/welcome/?Welcome

PINE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL (LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Ken Overman, Principal

kenoverman@lowndes.k12.ga.us
229-219-3234

Effective practices at Pine Grove Middle school are:

1. utilizing Lexile scores to improve student achievement;
2. focusing on reading skills and literacy standards in science/social studies courses;
3. reinforcing reading skills in tandem with ELA teachers;
4. writing summaries, maintaining journals, and completing opened-ended assessments.

RIVERSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL (COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Yvette Foster-Williams, Principal
yvette.foster@ccboe.net
706-868-3712

Effective practices at Riverside Middle School are:

1. applying reading strategies (close readings, summarizing, and vocabulary);
2. analyzing the effects of literary elements ( figurative language, dynamic and static characters, themes, dialogue, etc.) in texts;
3. evaluating the authors' view points in informational readings.

SCHLEY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (SCHLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Rusty Tondee, Principal
rtondee@schley.k12.org
229-937-0560

Effective practices at Schley County Middle School are:

1. developing an effective, accelerated reading program at the elementary level;
2. scheduling independent reading sessions and individual conferences;
3. providing reading resources;
4. scaffolding reading strategies at specific grade level; 6th grade (modeling tone, fluency, expression); 7th grade(modeling reading, paired reading and whole group reading); 8th grade (expanding independent reading to include background information).

UNION GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL (HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS)
Tom Moreland, Principal
thomas.moreland@henry.k12.ga.us
Kathy Wilson, Assistant Principal
kathy.wilson@henry.k12.ga.us
Erik Thompson , Assistant Principal
erik.thompson@henry.k12.ga.us
678-583-8978

Effective practices at Union Grove Middle School are:

1. developing a culture of reading;
2. setting school-wide goals: reading 5000 books outside of school and reading one or more books every nine weeks;
3. monitoring reading progress using a positive behavior support report card;
4. reading books at or above current Lexile levels (Scholastic County) and completing a quiz on each book read;
5. scheduling a weekly thirty-minute school-wide reading period.

* School’s effective practices based on 2012-2014 CRCT performances 

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